The Colorado Bal­let’s Su­garplum Ball.

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - Joanne David­son: 303809-1314, par­ti­writer@hot­ and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter By Joanne David­son

Turn­about is fair play — at least as far as 8-year-old Katie Stromberg is con­cerned.

Katie was among the 24 sec­ond-graders pre­sented at Colorado Bal­let Aux­il­iary’s Su­garplum Ball, and there to cheer her on were her three older brothers.

Her mom Mary Stromberg ex­plains the sig­nif­i­cance:

“Katie’s brothers are all in­volved in sports, and Katie has spent ev­ery one of her 8 years on the side­lines watch­ing their games, driv­ing to and from prac­tices and be­ing shut­tled from one sport­ing event to the next. My dad al­ways said the day would come when all three of her brothers would show up to watch her, and this week­end they did. In black tie! They were very proud of their lit­tle sis­ter, and it was a spe­cial night for our fam­ily.”

Chaired by Melissa Koren and held on Nov. 25 at the Brown Palace Ho­tel, the Su­garplum Ball was the cul­mi­na­tion of a six-month pro­gram, di­rected this year by aux­il­iary mem­ber Julie Sachs, that is de­signed to fos­ter an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the art of dance while rais­ing money for Colorado Bal­let.

Since its in­cep­tion 26 years ago, the Su­garplum pro­gram has net­ted $1 mil­lion for the Den­ver-based dance com­pany. Names of the 2016 Su­garplums were an­nounced in May, and since that time they have been treated to a Colorado Bal­let mati­nee and en­joyed such ac­tiv­i­ties as a mother-daugh­ter tea, a fa­ther­daugh­ter party and a pre­hol­i­day gath­er­ing.

The evening af­ter the ball, the Su­garplums were in the spot­light again, hav­ing been in­tro­duced on the stage of the El­lie Caulkins Opera House im­me­di­ately be­fore the start of the open­ing per­for­mance of “The Nutcracker.”

In ad­di­tion, the Su­garplum Alums, the lit­tle girls who were Su­garplums in the pre­vi­ous year, could be seen danc­ing in the open­ing party scene of this holiday clas­sic.

Anne Larsen, mother of 2016 Su­garplum Abi­gail Larsen, re­called how her daugh­ter’s long­stand­ing goal had been to be­come a ju­nior Broncos cheer­leader. “Then she saw her older sis­ter, Pey­ton, when she came out on stage as an alum. Abby was in awe of Pey­ton’s cos­tume, hair and makeup” and quickly shifted pri­or­i­ties.

“She was sold on the idea of be­com­ing a Su­garplum,” Anne Larsen re­ports.

The 2016 Su­garplums and their par­ents are:

Siena Be­about, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Be­about; Bianca Bird, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bird; Brielle Bur­kett, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bur­kett; Flora Dol­larhide, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Dol­larhide; Sophia Freyer, Mr. and Mrs. John Freyer Jr.; Lucca Heller, Peter Heller and Jaime Travis; Vi­o­let Jud­son-Arthur, Jeremy Arthur and Natalie Jud­son; Kate­lyn Kelin, Mr. and Mrs. She­bon Kelin; Ori­ana Kline, Mr. and Mrs. Brent Kline; Abi­gail Larsen, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Larsen. Clara Linville, Mr. and Mrs. Blair Linville; Keaton Miller, Greg Miller and Jen­nifer Haver­croft-Miller; Alexis Mor­gan, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Mor­gan Bianca Mor­ris, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mor­ris; Pay­ton Pawlak, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pawlak Jr.; Elena Per­rotto, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Per­rotto III; Jane Prall, Dr. and Mrs. John Prall; Reese Ro­tolo, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ro­tolo; Alexa Schulte, Mr. and Mrs. Ti­mothy Schulte; Charlisse Schu­macher, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Schu­macher; Char­lotte Stophel, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Stophel; Kather­ine Stromberg, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Stromberg; El­iz­a­beth Va­hey, Pa­trick Va­hey and Kacy Va­hey; and Ju­lia VanSickle, Dr. and Mrs. David VanSickle.

Denise San­der­son, a past pres­i­dent of the aux­il­iary and for­mer chair of the Colorado Bal­let board of trustees, was mis­tress of cer­e­monies for the Su­garplum Ball. She is also chair­ing the Fire­bird Gala that takes place Feb. 23 at the El­lie Caulkins Opera House and is also a fundraiser for Colorado Bal­let.

Bal­le­rina Tracy Fuller and Su­garplum Siena Be­about, pre­sented by her fa­ther, Steve. Pho­tos by Steve Peterson, Ter­

Jane Prall, Ju­lia VanSickle, Alexa Schulte and Charlisse Schu­macher.

Pre­sen­ta­tion of Su­garplums and din­ner in the ball­room.

Char­lotte Stophel.

Brielle Bur­kette, pre­sented by her fa­ther, Matthew.

Su­garplum pro­gram chair Melissa Koren and Su­garplum Ball chair Julie Sachs.

Ori­ana Kline with her mother, Chiara.

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